world news Women’s World Cup qualifying: Russia 1-3 England
England moved again to the highest of their World Cup qualifying group with a cushty win over Russia in Moscow.
Manchester Metropolis ahead Nikita Parris put the guests in entrance with a header from Toni Duggan’s cross.
Two targets from Parris’ club-mate Jill Scott – both aspect of 1 from the hosts’ Elena Danilova – gave England a commanding lead earlier than half-time.
Victory was the Lionesses’ third in six video games since Phil Neville’s appointment as head coach in January.
The win, which places England two factors away from Wales with two video games left, got here with out injured captain Steph Houghton and the influential Izzy Christiansen and Jordan Nobbs.
England, for whom Arsenal defender Leah Williams made her debut within the second half, had slipped to second when Wales beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-Zero on Thursday.
They face Wales of their subsequent group match in August, earlier than concluding their qualifying marketing campaign in opposition to Kazakhstan the next month.
Win reveals power in depth
Since Neville’s appointment, England have risen to second within the Fifa rankings – their highest ever place.
However, talking earlier than this match, the previous Manchester United defender mentioned that “doesn’t suggest a lot” if they do not win silverware.
The Lionesses have by no means gained the World Cup – and that’s Neville’s goal in France subsequent 12 months.
First they have to safe qualification, and this largely assured show in opposition to a staff they thrashed 6-0 at Prenton Park in September moved them one other step nearer.
A serious plus was the proof of their power in depth and adaptableness.
Scott has missed their previous two video games with damage, not that includes for the reason that 5-Zero win over Kazakhstan in November, however had a compelling impression on her return.
Intelligent motion was behind each the 31-year-old’s targets, a header and side-footed end.
The guests appeared comfy on a probably difficult synthetic floor, having skilled on the 3G pitch at St George’s Park to arrange.
The fluidity of their ahead gamers – with Duggan, Fran Kirby and Parris rotating behind striker Ellen White – induced the hosts fixed issues.
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